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Drawing up of a new constitution has not yet begun, spokesman says

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said on Friday that no procedures had begun for the composition of a new constitution, pointing out that the two sides were still in negotiations.

Speaking to the press following a meeting President Nicos Anastasiades had with UNSG Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, the spokesman said that the two men had a very good meeting and they reviewed the progress of the talks. Eide also met Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci .
Christodoulides said that the negotiators of the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, would  continue their meetings until August 7 and then they will meet again just before September 1, when the two leaders are set to meet again.

Responding to reports about procedures for the composition of a new constitution, the spokesman said nothing had begun in that respect, that the negotiations are still underway. He added that there was a political understanding between the two leaders in a number of issues.
Christodoulides said the goal of the negotiators was for this political understanding to be reflected on paper, in the documents that were being discussed in the cross negotiations.

The spokesman said the procedure of the cross negotiations was very important because it created an incentive in the talks, adding that it was for this reason that Anastasiades insisted for this to be included in the joint communiqué of February 2014.
Asked to comment a statement by Edie about the drawing up a new constitution, Christodoulides said that when a solution is close a constitution that would capture the state of affairs of the agreement  would have to be done.

“We are not in that stage yet but it is one of the prerequisites to reach agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem,” he said.
The government spokesman said that the negotiations were currently focusing on governance, territory and property and that there was an ongoing dialogue between the negotiators to capture on paper the political understanding between the two leaders.

To another question about Eide`s statement that he could not exclude a joint meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci with UNSG Ban Ki Moon in New York, Christodoulides said the President would be representing the Republic of Cyprus during the UN General Assembly and there was no issue  of joint meeting though he would be meeting Ban as usual.

Eide was also asked, and said: “The “UNSG is very personally involved and follows this [the Cyprus issue] at least on a weekly basis. He knows the problem very well and reads the reports and is a strong supporter of the leaders. He will definitely meet the leaders when they are there in New York, as is tradition. Whatever else happens is something we have to come back when we get closer to the actual General Assembly”. (CNA)

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